Marisha A. Daniels
MEDINA: The national spotlight is old hat for Medina’s Sunny Levine.
The 13-year-old student at Medina’s Claggett Middle School will make her third appearance Wednesday at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington.
Sunny once again earned a coveted spot in the national competition when she won the Akron Beacon Journal Regional Spelling Bee for the third year in a row.
This will be Sunny’s last appearance in the Scripps National Spelling Bee as she approaches the ripe old age of 14.
“I will miss the competition, but not studying for it,” she said.
Sunny, who participates in her school’s drama club and a variety of other school activities, particularly likes the challenge of spelling medical terms. She hopes to pursue a career in medicine when she grows up.
For now, she is enjoying her status as the area’s top speller and her role as a young entrepreneur. She and a friend have formed the Wicked Twisters, a balloon art and magic business.
When Sunny first competed in the national spelling bee in 2010, she did not reach the semifinals. Last year, she made it to the semifinals, but her bid was cut short on the word lithotrity, a surgical procedure, and she ended up tied for 36th place.
The 2012 national bee will feature 278 spellers.
Sunny said she is skeptical about her chances of winning it all, but plans to give it her best shot.
“I don’t want to jinx myself, but there is a lot of luck involved in winning it,” she said.
The other area competitor is Nathan Robert Dugan, 12, of Canton’s Faircrest Memorial Middle School. Nathan is sponsored by the Canton Repository.
Coverage of Scripps National Spelling Bee will begin with the preliminaries at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 30 on ESPN3, followed by semifinals at 10 a.m. Thursday on ESPN2. The final round will air live at 8 p.m. Thursday on ESPN.